• Published:
    5 January 2015
  • Languages:
    English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Spanish (Latin America)
  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Intune
  • Credit towards certification:

Mobility and Devices Fundamentals

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Skills measured

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Understand device configurations (20-25%)
  • Configure device options
    • Describe Microsoft account, configure Control Panel, configure system options
  • Configure desktop settings
    • Configure the Start menu, profiles, display settings, shortcuts, and group configurations and capabilities
  • Configure drive encryption
    • Configure BitLocker, prepare for file encryption
  • Configure updates
    • Describe Windows Update, describe app updates, describe device system updates
Understand data access and management (20-25%)
  • Describe cloud storage services
    • Describe OneDrive, Microsoft Azure storage, OneNote, Outlook and Office 365
  • Describe local storage
    • Describe storage spaces and storage pools
  • Describe file systems
    • Describe FAT, FAT32, NTFS and Resilient File System Overview (ReFS)
  • Describe file and print sharing
    • Describe NTFS and share permissions, HomeGroup, print drivers and effective permissions; create public, basic and advanced shares; map drives
  • Describe data encryption
    • Describe encrypting file system (EFS); describe how EFS-encrypted folders impact moving and copying files; describe BitLocker To Go, virtual private network (VPN), public key and private key; certificate services; and SSL
Understand device security (20-25%)
  • Describe the differences between the Internet, an intranet and an extranet
    • Describe uses of private networks, public networks, firewalls and clouds
  • Describe user authentication
    • Describe Multifactor authentication, describe smart cards, describe Windows Rights Management Services, describe biometrics and password procedures
  • Describe permissions
    • Configure file and share permissions; describe the behaviour when moving or copying files from one location to another; describe basic and advanced permissions; describe taking ownership, delegating and resultant permissions
  • Describe malware
    • Describe computer viruses, Trojan horses, spyware and adware; describe antivirus and antimalware strategies
Understand cloud services (20-25%)
  • Describe the types of cloud services
    • Describe productivity services, storage services, communications services and search services
  • Describe Microsoft Intune
    • Describe Microsoft Intune capabilities, describe selective wipe, describe location settings
  • Describe Microsoft Azure
    • Describe virtual machines; describe Azure services; describe disaster recovery, high availability, redundancy and fault tolerance
Understand enterprise mobility (20-25%)
  • Describe identity services
    • Describe Windows Server Active Directory and Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Account and federation services
  • Describe business data access
    • Describe Company Portal, describe Work Folders, describe Azure RemoteApp
  • Describe Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
    • Describe device-centric to people-centric IT, describe desktop virtualisation, describe Dynamic Access Control policies, describe Windows Rights Management

Who should take this exam?

This exam validates that a candidate has fundamental Windows devices and mobility knowledge and skills. It can serve as a stepping stone to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exams. It is recommended that candidates become familiar with the concepts and the technologies described here by taking relevant training courses. Candidates are expected to have some hands-on experience with Windows devices, Windows-based networking, Active Directory, antimalware products, firewalls, network topologies and devices, and network ports.

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